A new film warning of the dangers of tech consumption appears on a streaming service that uses our data to feed us more content. Surely it’s too late to save ourselves? It is a bold mainstream movie that truly sticks it to Big Tech, but that’s what zippy new animation The Mitchells vs the Machines purports to do. A fractious family who’d rather spend time on their screens are forced to cooperate when evil robots take over the world. The robots are made by a nonchalant mogul as an upgrade to his ubiquitous “Pal” – a disembodied Alexa-type app, playfully voiced by Olivia Colman. Pal doesn’t take her rejection well, and being an all-knowing, all-connected AI, she has options. Giving the robots the ability to shoot laser cannons from their hands might have been a bad idea.
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